Alienation of History



video documentation of an experiment


The Manifesto of Alash Orda[1] in Qazaq is typed with Russian keyboard. The neural network of auto-correction within PC turns every Qazaq word into a misspelled Russian one. This project is an attempt to reconstruct the level of superficiality of the Soviet authorities in relation to the voice of national liberation. In fact, speaking about the alienation[2] of the worker under the capitalism, authorities missed an important point - the alienation of the peoples of the Soviet Union from themselves and from their history.

1. Alash Orda - a Qazaq political party of activists who fought for the national freedom. With the collapse of tsarist rule, the westernized Qazaq elite formed a party, Alash Orda, to express their aspirations for the regional autonomy. In 1927–28, 4 years after the Qazaqs were granted their own republic, Alash Orda leaders were liquidated as “national-mavericks”. The history of the Qazaqs in the 20th century was bleak indeed — expropriation of their grazing lands under the tsars, the bloody uprising and reprisals of 1916, losses in the civil war and in the famine, purges of the intelligentsia in 1927–28, collectivization during the 1930s, genocide and further extermination of the national identity.


2. Karl Marx's theory of alienation describes the estrangement of people from aspects of their Gattungswesen “species-essence" as a consequence of living in a society of stratified social classes. The alienation from the self is a consequence of being a mechanistic part of a social class, the condition of which estranges a person from their humanity. The theoretical basis of alienation within the capitalist mode of production is that the worker invariably loses the ability to determine life and destiny when deprived of the right to think (conceive) of themselves as the director of their own actions; to determine the character of said actions; to define relationships with other people.